Investing in Bemidji for a Stronger Tomorrow

Since 1962, the George W. Neilson Foundation has funded community projects and programs that benefit and serve the Bemidji region.

Our mission has fueled the projects of many organizations that continue to develop the quality of life in arts, education, environment, health and economic development.

of Grant Gifting
Dollars Invested
+ Grants
Awarded Regionally

What's New


Recent grant approval to support the purchase of a new cargo trailer.

Trillium in springtime at Itasca State Park, Minnesota

Neilson Spearhead Center environmental science facility.


Recent grant approval to support the Bemidji chapter of Let's Go Fishing.